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9th Feb '16 12:59:33 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** The tables are turned later thanks to {{Flanderization}}, where Brian is still [[FlatEarthAtheist an atheist after meeting Jesus and seeing him preform miracles.]]
17th Nov '15 5:26:13 PM potatokingmike
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* Invoked by Yukari in ''Persona 3'' while solving the mystery behind the hospitalization of three girls at the school. Somewhat justified in that Yukari was looking into ridiculous things to prove that it ''wasn't'' ghosts, which was Junpei's (joking) suggestion. Why the cast didn't just assume it was the work of the Shadows to begin with is still ridiculous, however.
15th Oct '15 6:59:26 PM StarSword
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See also ArkhamsRazor, where the ''strangest'' answer to a problem is the correct one.
8th Oct '15 6:25:51 PM nombretomado
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* Mr. Terrific from ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' is an adamant atheist despite encountering many god like beings and witnessing the use of magic many times; due to this he was unable to communicate with Gog.

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* Mr. Terrific from ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' is an adamant atheist despite encountering many god like beings and witnessing the use of magic many times; due to this he was unable to communicate with Gog.
6th Oct '15 10:03:15 AM MJTR
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* The police in Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 are quick to assume Tina was knifed to death by her boyfriend and nothing out of the ordinary happened- in spite of the fact that she was obviously raked across the ceiling at some point and the blood is there to prove it. The fact that no one offers a "rational" explanation for Glen's insane OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank death in the third act shows no one knows what to believe anymore.




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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Peggy is involved in a magic trick in which she seemingly disappears from a flaming pinata and reappears at her table. Hank, who does not believe in magic, attempts to come of with increasingly ludicrous ways in which she escaped, while Peggy insists it was just magic. [[spoiler: Subverted in TheStinger, which reveals the perfectly rational way the trick was performed, but was never considered by Hank.]]
9th Sep '15 2:33:25 PM Llygodenfawr
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** In one of the episodes of ''The Poet And The Lunatics'', the VillianOfTheWeek suffers from a horrifyingly virulent strain of this and grows increasingly obsessed with reversing and breaking superstitions, until he slits a man's throat in sheer terror when the man threatens to act even once in accord with superstition.

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** In one of the episodes of ''The Poet And The Lunatics'', the VillianOfTheWeek VillainOfTheWeek suffers from a horrifyingly virulent strain of this and grows increasingly obsessed with reversing and breaking superstitions, until he slits a man's throat in sheer terror when the man threatens to act even once in accord with superstition.
15th Aug '15 2:53:08 AM DoctorNemesis
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It is important to note that, Occam's Razor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity.

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It is important to note that, Occam's Razor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity. Sufferers of Scully Syndrome [[TropesAreTools aren't always wrong]].
15th Aug '15 2:52:16 AM DoctorNemesis
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It is important to note that, Occam's Razor aside, the simplest explanation isn't ''always'' the correct one. Many frauds and con-jobs have relied on people being willing to believe a simple explanation without stopping to consider that someone ''might'' actually engage in some highly improbable and unbelievable course of action precisely because they know no one would believe that they would go to such lengths. Contrast this trope with RefugeInAudacity.
15th Aug '15 2:47:09 AM DoctorNemesis
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As a hypothetical example, take the climax of the film ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', which involves [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient evil God from another dimension, which has taken on the form of a]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50-foot advertising mascot made entirely out of marshmallow]]. In this form, it attacks the roof of an apartment building in full view of the public in an attempt to open a portal to another dimension and destroy the world. That is all, admittedly, a fairly difficult set of events to believe in, and if AgentScully were investigating it she might explain this as all being just a big hoax. The titular Ghostbusters merely staged the marshmallow man and used a combination of a fancy light show and hallucinogenic substances to fool the credulous people below into believing they were witnessing a supernatural event. Which actually makes sense on the surface...

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As a hypothetical example, take the climax of the film ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'', which involves [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient evil God from another dimension, which has taken on the form of a]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 50-foot advertising mascot made entirely out of marshmallow]].marshmallow]], striding through the streets of Manhattan. In this form, it attacks the roof of an apartment building in full view of the public in an attempt to open a portal to another dimension and destroy the world. That is all, admittedly, a fairly difficult set of events to believe in, and if AgentScully were investigating it she might explain this as all being just a big hoax. The titular Ghostbusters merely staged the marshmallow man and used a combination of a fancy light show and hallucinogenic substances to fool the credulous people below into believing they were witnessing a supernatural event. Which actually makes sense on the surface...
15th Aug '15 2:44:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Many a ConspiracyTheorist falls victim to this; the "alternate" explanation is so convoluted that, if it was even possible to pull off in the first place, it would be impossible to keep hidden; either conscious whistleblowing or sheer incompetence would lead to the truth being revealed sooner or later.

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* Many a ConspiracyTheorist falls victim to this; this. In many cases, the "alternate" explanation is so convoluted that, if it was even possible to pull off in the first place, it would be impossible to keep hidden; either conscious whistleblowing or sheer incompetence would lead to the truth being revealed sooner or later.
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